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Techniques & Tools Data Analysis, Liquid Chromatography

Remembering Lloyd Snyder

Giant of Chromatography

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Lloyd Snyder, a true giant in the field of chromatography – and one whose contributions have been truly seminal. I knew Lloyd for 50 years; in the late 1960s and early 1970s we collaborated on multiple projects, including co-authoring the textbook “An Introduction to Separation Science” with Csaba Horváth. In the early 1980s, when Lloyd was at Technicon, we developed a high-throughput LC clinical assay technology – boxcar chromatography. John Dolan was a postdoc in my lab at that time, and he went to work for Lloyd at Technicon. The rest is history.

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About the Authors

Peter Schoenmakers

Peter is education director COAST; editor, Journal of Chromatography A; and, professor, Analytical Chemistry/Forensic Science, van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He obtained a masters in chemical engineering in 1977 and PhD in 1981, which included a research project on reversed-phase liquid chromatography. After fulfilling his military service, he had a career in industrial R&D, first at Philips and subsequently at Shell. He has been a fulltime professor since 2002 and now holds the chair of Analytical Chemistry, including its applications in Forensic Science. “My research interests include analytical separations (chromatography and mass spectrometry) and their applications to large molecules. A specific focus in recent years has been on the theory and application of comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography.” Peter is active in the organization of several successful symposium series. He is a member of the permanent scientific committee of the HPLC series of conferences and chairman of the symposia on the Separation and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Macromolecules (SCM) Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography (HTC) and HPLC2013 in Amsterdam. He has been editor of the Journal of Chromatography A since 2003.


Author Imre Molnár

Imre Molnár

Before establishing the Molnár-Institute for applied chromatography in 1983, Imre Molnár completed his postdoc at Yale University under the guidance of Csaba Horváth, the developer of the fundamentals of modern chromatography. “He was a true scientist and a fascinating teacher, always available for discussions, and he had many students who loved him like their own father,” says Imre. Together with Wayne Melander, they published the “Solvophobic Theory”. After Yale, Imre began collaborating with Lloyd Snyder (see page 18) and John Dolan at LC Resources on the development of DryLab software, a tool for modeling complex separations in HPLC. Since 2006, Molnár-Institute has continued development in Berlin, Germany.


Barry Karger

Barry Karger

Barry Karger is Director of the Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis and James L. Waters chair in analytical chemistry, Northeastern University, Massachusetts, USA. “I find science exciting and I am interested in not only analytical chemistry but the problems it must address”. Barry integrates various technologies into separations and detection, especially LC- and CE-MS. “I try to understand what’s important in the areas where we apply our technology, for example, biotechnology or clinical research.”

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